Australia defeated India in the final of 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship, by a margin of 209 runs.
Chasing a target of 444 runs in the fourth innings, India were bowled out for 234 runs.
None of the Indian batters could score a half-century in the last innings.
For Australia, Nathan Lyon picked up a four-fer.
India vs Australia Live Score: Australia Victorious
That's the game done for India, that's the four-fer secured for Nathan Lyon, and most importantly, that's the mace bagged for the Australian cricket team.
This has been as dominating a performance as they would have hoped for, considering this was a final match. After scoring 469 runs in the first innings, wherein both Travis Head and Steve Smith struck centuries, the Aussies restricted India to a meagre total of 296 runs.
The batting was not up to the mark in the second innings, with Australia declaring at 270/8, but they came up with a scintillating bowling display yet again, calling curtains to India's innings at 234 runs.
For the Indians, it will be time to go back to the drawing room. It is their second consecutive defeat in a World Test Championship final, and their decade-long wait for an ICC trophy will be prolonged even further.
Questions are bound to be raised on every aspect of the Indian team, including their decision to bat first, and also the call to leave out the number one Test bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin. Moreover, the batting approach was questionable too, with the team losing seven wickets in 71 runs today.
If you have stuck with us through these five days, accept our gratitude. It has been a difficult watch for the majority. but the game did have a few entertaining twists. The Indian cricket will now enjoy a long break before a bilateral series against West Indies, which will be followed by two important tournaments – the Asia Cup and the World Cup. Like always, we will be bringing you live updates from all of those competitions and series. Till then, take care!
India vs Australia Live Score: Bharat Falls, Australia One Wicket Away
Another one bites the dust.
It will be harsh to put any blame on KS Bharat. The keeper, in fact, did well for 41-ball 23, but he goes for a big hit in the penultimate delivery of Nathan Lyon's over, and ends up giving a simple catch to the spinner.
Only one wicket separates Australia from the mace.
India vs Australia Live Score: Yadav Gone
They will be bitterly disappointed with their performance today, will the Indian team. The odds might have been stacked in the Aussies' favour, but India needed to put up a fight – a department they were found wanting at, in perhaps the most important session of the match. Umesh Yadav becomes the eighth batter to be dismissed, with Mitchell Starc getting his second wicket of the innings.
Australia are just two wickets away from a victory. Only a matter of time now.
India vs Australia Live Score: Shardul Thakur Perishes
Calamity strikes again!
When Australia started the day, the situation they are in right now is exactly what they must have dreamt about. Yet another wicket falls for India, and this time, it is the all-rounder who scored a crucial half-century in the first innings, Shardul Thakur. Nathan Lyon traps him leg before wicket.
India are 213/7. Australia are just three wickets away, and the game could, just could, end in this session itself.